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NFL Draft > 2009 Prospects > ILB > Derek Nicholson

Derek Nicholson Scouting Report

Position: ILB
Conference: ACC
School: Florida State Seminoles
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #30
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 233 lbs.

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Derek Nicholson, ILB, Florida State

Derek Nicholson rarely receives credit for what he has done for the Florida State defense. As a freshman, he played in all 13 games and was an important part of the special teams unit. During his sophomore campaign he came in and played on third downs in addition to his special team duties. However, he only saw action in five games that year due to a right knee injury. In 2007 Nicholson emerged as a star, leading the team with 99 tackles from his spot in the middle of the linebacker corps. The numbers should be even better during his senior year in 2008. Nicholson is one of the few veterans on the Seminoles defense and he will have to use his leadership abilities to keep the rest of the young unit under control. His leadership abilities will be a plus, but Nicholson is not the greatest athlete among this crop of linebackers. Yet, Nicholson does have good instincts, is a very smart player and seems to always get the job done. He will have some work to do at the combine to match the premiere linebackers in this class. Still, the 6-2, 235 pound Winston-Salem, North Carolina native can sneak into the first day of the draft if his 2008 season goes as well as his 2007 season did. 10/26 Update: Nicholson is continuing his productive collegiate career as a senior. Through seven games, he leads the Seminoles with 41 tackles, nine of which were for a loss. Florida State is having a decent year thus far and is now considered by many the favorite to represent the ACC in a BCS Bowl game. Nicholson and other upperclassman like Everette Brown and Myron Rolle are doing a great job leading a young defensive group and they should all get plenty of exposure throughout the rest of the season. However, for Nicholson, where he goes in the draft will depend a lot on the combine. 1/13 Update: Nicholson ended his senior season ranking first on Florida State with 81 tackles. Fifteen of those tackles were for a loss. Nicholson might not be the best NFL prospect on the Seminoles' defense, but he was certainly the leader of the unit. His intuition and work ethic should make him a solid player in the NFL and some team will be happy to get him in the later rounds. 3/24 Update: Nicholson was not invited to the Senior Bowl or the NFL Combine. That put a lot of pressure on his Pro Day workouts. Nicholson's production in college was pretty impressive, but he does not measure out very well and there are some character issues. That will force him down into the later rounds.

Last Updated Mar-24-2009 by Joel Welser

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